User list

Paul
McJones
Software Preservation Group of the Computer History Museum

Paul McJones is interested in the history of computer software, particularly from a scientific and engineering point of view: the evolution of algorithms, abstractions, systems, languages, applications, etc. He is currently involved in collecting and preserving source code, design documentation, user documentation, etc., of historic software. As a founding member of the Software Preservation Group at the Computer History Museum, he has assembled several collections including the original IBM 704 Fortran/Fortran II compiler from the team led by John Backus, as well as extensive collections of Algol, Lisp, C++, and other languages and systems. From 1967 to 2009 he was employed in software research and development, including early timesharing and programming language work at U.C. Berkeley, functional programming and transaction processing at IBM Research, personal distributed computing at Xerox, Tandem, and DEC, and enterprise software at two startups. He and Alexander Stepanov published the book _Elements of Programming_ in 2009.

David
Hemmendinger
Department of Computer Science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

David Hemmendinger was a co-editor of the fourth edition of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science, a project that rekindled his interest in the history of science and technology. He has taught a course on the history of computing (Babylonian tablets to tablet PCs) as well as courses on programming languages, computer architecture, and algorithms. He is the Associate Editor-in-chief of the Annals of the History of Computing, in which he has published several articles, including one on an analog computer used in the dyeing industry. His current projects include research on the early history of concurrent programming techniques. Before getting into computer science in the early 1980s, he taught philosophy and worked on the history and philosophy of science.

Alan
Weissberger
Data Communications
Program Chair
IEEE ComSoc SCV
Andrew
Russell
Networking
Dean
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Andrew L. Russell is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica and Albany, New York. Before joining SUNY Poly in 2016, he was associate professor of history and director of the Program in Science & Technology Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the author of _Open Standards and the Digital Age: History, Ideology, and Networks_ (Cambridge University Press, 2014), co-editor (with Robin Hammerman) of _Ada's Legacy: Cultures of Computing from the Victorian to the Digital Age_ (ACM Press, 2015), and author of over a dozen articles and book chapters on the history of the Bell System, the American system of voluntary standards, modular design, and the history of computer networks such as Cyclades, OSI, the Arpanet, and the Internet. He is Chair of SIGCIS, an international collective of historians of computing and information.

Gerardo
Con Diaz
Computing and Intellectual Property
Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis

I am a historian of science and technology with a special interest in law and public policy, and I received a PhD in History of Science and Medicine from Yale University (2016). My first book, currently in progress, is a history of software patenting in the United States. My primary research interests stand at the intersection of the histories of technology, business, and law, but my broader interests include the history of epidemics and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Frode
Weium
History of technology
Senior curator
The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

History of Computing, Music Technology, Museums

Madeleine
Elish
automation
Data & Society + Columbia University
Brent
Strang
Media Materiality
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Studies of Media
Stony Brook University

Remote controls, game controllers, computer mice, home entertainment zone, televisuality, media archaeology, human factors & ergonomics, interaction design, user centred design, user experience design, new materialism.

Jeff
Nagy
History of Technology; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Doctoral Student
Stanford University

History of network technologies; comparative computing history; cultural articulation of emerging technologies; pornography studies; gender and engineering cultures.

sophie
toupin
Sebastian
Giessmann
History of Computing/Networking
Junior Research Group Leader
Universität Siegen, Germany

I have published to books on the history of networking in German (Netze und Netzwerke, 2006; Die Verbundenheit der Dinge, 2014). My current research interest is in the media history of the credit card (esp. MasterCard), combining the history of computing with the history of accounting. You might want to check www.netsandnetworks.info for current blog posts and papers.

Raphael
Dua
Planning and Scheduling Software
Director
Micro Planning International Pty Ltd

Computer Hardware, Software, especially Critical Path Scheduling , Research into UK applications specification as opposed to US specifications for Critical Path Software.

Julie
Cohn
History of Technology, Energy History, Electric Power Systems, Environmental History
Research Historian
University of Houston

I have participated in past SIGCIS conferences, presented at one, am on the SIGCIS listserv, and would like to be able to log into the SIGCIS website. Not sure why I am not currently able to, but want to try again!

I completed a Ph.D. at the University of Houston on the development of the North American Power grid. One section of the dissertation addresses the use of both analog and digital computing for power system control. I have an interest in the longer history of the use of computing and calculating machines in the electric power industry and presented on this topic at the SIGCIS meeting in 2013. I am currently affiliated with the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. Thank you.

Stephan
Risi
PhD Candidate
Stanford University
Enrico
Natale
History, Digital Humanities, Scholarly Communication
Director
infoclio.ch, Swiss portal for the historical sciences

History of Computing, History of the web, Uses of communication technology in historical research, Historical studies about communication technologies

Matthew
Jones
early modern calculating machines / contemporary data technologies
professor
Columbia University

- early modern calculating machines
- data mining
- surveillance technologies

James
Smithies
Digital Humanities; History of Technology, Computing, Ideas
Director, King's Digital Lab
King's College London
Madisson
Whitman
Anthropology
PhD student
Purdue University

gender and sexuality; critical data studies; technology and culture

Isabelle
Astic
computer history
curator
Musee des arts et metiers, Le Cnam